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Homeland Sec. Nielsen Says Trump Admin Doesn’t ‘Intend’ To Shoot People Crossing The Border Illegally

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that the U.S. Border Patrol has no intention “right now” of shooting at people who may try to forcibly enter the country’s southern border.

“We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people,” Nielsen said in an interview with Fox News. “They will be apprehended however.”

Nielsen added that she takes her officers’ safety “extraordinarily seriously” and that they “of course” have the ability to defend themselves.

When asked if that meant that officers would shoot back if they were shot at, Nielsen replied, “no.”

“We’d have to work through that. But I want to make clear we will absolutely not tolerate violence against Border Patrol in this situation,” she said. “I will not tolerate Mexicans or anybody else acting in a violent way towards our men and women on the border.”

Her comments came the same day reports surfaced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to sign an order sending about 800 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The reports coincided with President Trump’s statement on Thursday that he was “bringing out the military” to secure the southern border.

“I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. “They will be stopped!”

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.

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